There are so many times, especially during the cold winter months that are upon us, when people once they have a runny nose or sore throat, straight away they’re off to the Doctor to be prescribed an antibiotic medicine to cure their supposed illness. As times get harder, it is best to try some natural remedies before filling your body with chemicals. Believe it or not, these natural remedies sometimes tend to act quicker than an antibiotic, and then of course you can save your €55, that you are prepared to shell out by visiting your GP.
Ginger is a one of the best cures for early indications of the flu, which can diminish symptoms within a couple of hours after consumption. The best way to consume ginger is in its raw state, which is the ginger root. It is a very inexpensive natural remedy, which can be purchased for as little as one Euro.
Ginger is said to be an acquired taste, especially when raw, there is no point thinking you will be cured from eating a packet of ginger biscuits, although it would be a lot tastier indeed!
A healthy and more appetising way to consume this root is to cut a decent size piece off the root, and chop it into smaller pieces. Add these little pieces of ginger to a cup of boiling water, to balance out the flavour and counteract the strength of taste, add some fresh honey and fresh lemon to the concoction. You now have an extremely healthy and detoxing beverage ready to drink, which tastes delicious and will cure that irritating cold pestering you. If you can suffer the strong flavour, for a more effective and quicker result, cut off a piece and let the piece of ginger and chew it in your mouth.
There are so many different uses for ginger such as medicine, cooking, drinking, etc., Next time you’re in a Japanese restaurant, notice you will be served pickled ginger along with your sushi. This is a sweet, yet natural way to consume ginger. There are many medical reasons that ginger is used, most commonly nausea, resulting from seasickness, morning sickness or chemotherapy. In Jamaica, ginger is used to make ginger beer or a carbonated soft drink, as well as a popular spice to add to food. In the Middle East, many people add powdered ginger to their tea or coffee.
Although don’t go totally crazy on the ginger, or you may end up with ‘ginger jitters’, which can cause heartburn, bloating, gas and belching.
Tip – Add a few thin slices of ginger into your dinner, such as stir-fry.
Garlic is another natural species, which is from the onion family; it too can be used for medical and culinary purposes. Firstly, don’t believe the myths, old-school vampire movies are filling your mind with. Garlic does not warn off vampires, although this might be a good thing because currently vampires are all people can talk about thanks to ‘Twilight’ and ‘Vampire Diaries’. Although, I can tell you, the myths that garlic gives you bad breath is unfortunately the truth. Do not fear though, in small doses such as added to spaghetti Bolognese, garlic b/read, or even a stir-fry, it is less likely you will have bad breath. The only recommendations I can make is, brush your teeth, carry a breath mint, or if you’re planning to be kissing someone afterwards, save them the suffering and hold off on the garlic until the next day.
Garlic has many health benefits, it is seen to have antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal capabilities. Don’t believe that high blood pressure and high cholesterol are only for older people, yes, us young people too can suffer from these two health problems, so eating a clove or two of garlic has been seen in studies to prevent both. The only problem ingesting too much garlic would be that you would suffer from bad breath or end up being extremely thirsty the following day. So, why not experiment with a Mediterranean diet and crush a clove of garlic into your pasta dish next time you’re cooking, it is very cheap to buy a bulb of garlic in the supermarket and as you’ve read above, the health benefits are enormous to your immune system.